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January 29, 2013|by Jim Grawe | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

It's been more than 20 years since the Kansas Jayhawks and the Wichita State Shockers have faced each other on the court. But both have had strong basketball programs for decades.

WSU's recent rise in the polls has been gaining national attention. The 15th-ranked Shockers (19-2, 8-1) will be looking for their 19th-consecutive home court victory against Indiana State Tuesday night.

Kansas continues its in-state rivalry with Kansas State in the Sunflower Showdown. The Jayhawks face the Washburn Ichabods every year in preseason play. They occasionally tip-off against Emporia State and Fort Hays State. But Wichita State remains absent from KU's schedule.

ESPN's Andy Katz wants to know why.

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In a recent interview with Kansas head coach Bill Self, Katz asked why the two schools won't battle it out on the court. Self said "If someone were to come and say something that it's law, then we would have to."


The K-U Alumni Associations Jeff Kennedy suspects most Kansans aren't even that interested.

"I think it's an issue in Wichita," Kennedy says.  "I doubt it's an issue anywhere else.  Surely the legislature has bigger things to worry about."

But Wichita State political science professor Melvin Kahn says there would be nothing wrong if higher powers intervened.

"I would say what's best for the university I have the privilege of teaching at, I say go for it!" Kahn says.  "I'm all for the regents.  I'm all for the legislature.  Will they do it?  I'm afraid not."

Kahn says that's because a lot of regents and legislators are KU grads who would support what their coach wants.

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